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Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:34:25 +0000

 



Take this great West France tour with a ferry...

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This west France tour takes in Bordeaux, the Loire Valley and the Dordogne. It's a wonderful week with a short cruise and a drive one way.



France is great in winter; here are 10 reasons...

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Planning a trip to France in the winter? It's a great time to visit, so here's what to expect. All you need to know from cheap airfares to winter sports, fun festivals and Christmas fairs.



The Best Nudist Beaches and Naturist Resorts in...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

France has the best smart and stylish naturist resorts, and the coastline and weather. Discover the best naturist and nudism resorts in France.



Check out the best Christmas Markets in France

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Christmas markets bring a wonderful sparkle to cities and towns throughout France. Here are the 2016-2017 dates for the top French Christmas Markets.



North France Christmas Markets; easy to get to...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

North France is famous for its Christmas Markets with plenty of Brits stocking up for the holiday season. Here are the region's top markets to visit.



Plan a trip to France in February and check out...

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France in February can be beautiful, and whatever you choose it to be. Ski in the famous resorts; take in the carnivals and shop for bargains in the annual sales.



Do You Need to Tip at Restaurants in France and...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

When at a Paris cafe or restaurant, to tip or not to tip? Here's a guide on tipping at restaurants, in taxis, at hotels and more in Paris and France.



How to Take a 9-Stop Tour of the South of France

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The South of France is a relaxing and beautiful place, an amazing mix of large cities, coastal towns and hilltop villages. This tour itinerary takes you through the best of the region.



Cap d'Agde's Naturist Quarter: A Village with...

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Cap d'Agde's Naturist Quarter is a nudist village unto itself, with its own grocery stores, bank, bakeries, nightclubs, yacht harbor and more.



How to Order Coffee in France

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The language barrier might prevent you from ordering the right coffee on the menu. Find out how to order coffee in France, be it a cafe au lait or espresso.



Your first trip to France? Here's what to avoid!

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In planning your first trip to France, here are seven things to avoid that might make your visit less enjoyable.



Pictures of Paris at Christmas when the city...

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Picture gallery of Paris in the magical Christmas season, with streets decked with lights, skaters by the Hotel de Ville and Christmas markets



Do you know the main mountain ranges of France?...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

There are 7 main mountain ranges of France, running from the mighty Alps to the granite Morvan in Burgundy. All are both winter and summer playgrounds.



Is Cap d'Agde the World Capital of Nudism?

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Want to bank naked? Shop naked? Dine naked? Buy baguettes at a brasserie naked? Visit Cap d'Agde, the world's capital of nudism.



TGV Train Route Map and Destinations in France

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Check the TGV route map for destinations and times to major cities in France. The TGV high-speed train serves most major cities of France. It also connects with express and local trains and connects to other European countries.



The Longest Rivers of France - all 5 of them

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

France has beautiful rivers flowing through its towns and villages. The longest rivers flow into the sea. Here are the top five, plus a few more.



The Do's and Don'ts of exchanging money in France

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

If you visit France one thing is certain: you'll be spending money. Make sure you get the most bang for your euro by following these DOs and DON'Ts to exchange euros.



What to Expect from France in March: Weather,...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

March can be the last chance until fall to visit France on a budget. Here's a guide to weather, events and celebrations in March.



Top Attractions in Provence from gorges to abbeys

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Discover the top ten sites in Provence. See Roman marvels, the Pope's Palace in Avignon, and national parks, river gorges and abbeys set in peaceful fields of lavender.



Savings tips for that great French vacation

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Try these saving tips for a budget stay in France. Check out lodging options, dining options, City Passes and public transport.



French Etiquette: Dinner Party Dos and Don'ts

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There are several differences between the French table manners and eating habits and American dinner etiquette. Here is a comparison.



See April in France with this guide to spring...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

April is a wonderful month to visit France. Check out this guide to the weather, what to pack, and what to see as Spring arrives in France.



Read these handy tips on the euros vs. dollar...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Any trip to France means considering the issue of euro vs. dollar for American travellers. So read this in advance and you might save enough for that top hotel and Michelin meals.



The City of Strasbourg: A Little German, a...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Strasbourg is the ultimate European city. It has flavours of both France and Germany, and sits right on the border of the two countries.



What's the Weather Like in France? A Regional...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Weather in France can be crucial to your vacation. Get detailed weather data on major French cities to plan your trip including rainfall, snow and temperatures..



10 Myths About the French (Hint: Not Everyone...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

There are plenty of stereotypes about the French but don't be fooled by myths and urban legends. Here's the list of some of the most popular, and counter-claims from us.



French Customs Regulations You Must Know before...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

When entering France, there is a limit on items tourists can bring into the country without paying a duty. Here are some tips on customs regulations in France.



Here's a guide to the 10 Top Attractions and...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Top 10 Nice attractions from the Promenade des Anglais to the Matisse Museum. Nice is a fabulous city to visit all year round.



Top 10 Things to Do on the French Riviera

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The French Riviera on the Mediterranean Cote d'Azur coast is one of the most popular visitor destinations in France. It's easy to see why.



Vacation Packing Checklist for France:...

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Consult this essential vacation packing checklist before your trip so you don't leave home without crucial items.



Pigalle Place: Paris's Risque Red Light District

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Get naughty in Paris. Visit the notorious Pigalle Place, the former red light district, epicenter of sex shops, peep shows, strip clubs and the Moulin Rouge.



Plan your trip to France and Paris in December

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

France in December is a magical time with Christmas markets, sparkling streets and outdoor skating rinks. The skiing seasons starts and New Years Eve is a party.



6 Simple Steps to Getting Naked in France: A...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Go naked or topless in France where it's the norm on many beaches. Find out what you need to know before you expose all in this bare-skin-friendly country.



How to use the toilets in France; they're...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Using a toilet may seem the simplest of tasks, but French plumbing can catch you out. Find out what forms the johns take, how to flush, how much it might cost and more.



France in May: Gorgeous Views, Weather, and So...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

May is a wonderful month to visit France. Here is a guide to events, festivals and activities to keep visitors busy, including the Cannes Film Festival.



A great Christmas in France which celebrates in...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Discover how the French celebrate Christmas, a traditional event that starts with Christmas markets and ends with Epiphany in January.



Languedoc-Roussillon is beautiful and less...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Languedoc-Roussillon Region is an undiscovered gem with breathtaking coastline, some of France's best cuisine, rich medieval history and amazing architecture.



Top 10 Underrated Destinations in France you...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

You'll find your own remote, undiscovered places, but here's my selections of the most underrated destinations in France, starting with the Auvergne.



France in January is for skiing, winter sales...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Visit France in January when half the country celebrates the ski season in the glorious, snow-covered Alps and the other half enjoys the semi-annual sales.



Travel Packing List - What to Pack for a France...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Make that next trip to France (or elsewhere in Europe) go as smoothly as possible. These are items that you simply must have before hitting France. Check this travel packing list of what to pack for a France trip.



Largest cities in France start with Paris

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The largest French cities run from most-visited Paris to the Mediterranean city of Nice to the German-influenced Strasbourg. Here is a list of the largest French cities.



Make a France-themed gift basket, please your...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

If you know a francophile, delight him or her with a great France-themed gift basket. Here are step-by-step instructions, including links to compare prices on suggested items to use.



Why the French Are So Thin

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

The French eat rich foods, drink lots of wine and smoke. So why are they so thin and fit? Find out about the French diet, and the secrets to why it works.



The Ultimate Guide to Bargain Shopping in France

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

France is a bargain shopper's paradise if you know what to look for. Try the major outlet and discount malls dotted all round France, flea markets and local sales.



The Ile St-Louis is a quiet oasis, an island in...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

The quaint Ile Saint-Louis is a delightful island next to the Ile de la Cite. It's a wonderful oasis from the rush of the city, full of boutiques, cafes and restaurants. And it has its own ice cream.



Check out December events in France in 2015

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France in December is magical with bright lights, sparkling shop windows and those famous Christmas markets. It's also the start of the skiing season.



Aquitaine on the French Atlantic Coast has...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Aquaitaine on the French Atlantic Coast has everything, from romantic castle to sweeping sandy beaches, from beautiful villages to market towns. Plus top food and wine.



Paris Moulin Rouge Tickets and Packages

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

The Moulin Rouge cabaret show is easily one of Paris' most famous nightlife activities, but tickets can be hard to get. Here are various tickets and packages.



What time do things open (and shut) in France?

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

When in France, do as the French. If you know the hours of shops, museums, attractions and restaurants you won't be caught out. Use this guide to typical opening hours.



If you like going naked, book into Hotel Eve on...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Hotel Eve is the only hotel in Cap d'Agde's popular naturist quarter. The hotel has renovated rooms and suites, heated pool, super-friendly staff, and a spa. Here are the pros and cons of this nudist lodging.



Spa hotels in France are great, but check out...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

There are dozens of spas in France, from upscale spa resorts to charming small spa towns and villages. Some are expensive; others very reasonable.



Don't look like a tourist in France; follow...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

When in France, do as the French as much as you can. Don't fight the French system, embrace the culture and you will look far less like a tourist and enjoy yourself more.



Guide to Lille in North France

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Lille in north France is an attractive, lively city. It makes a perfect short break if you’re coming from the U.K. on Eurostar or by ferry, and the city is just a couple of hours drive north of Paris, and only one hour by TGV. It has a good selection of restaurants, plenty of excellent accommodation, a lively nightlife, good shopping and many attractions.



Carcassonne is a perfect medieval city in...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Carcassonne is a perfect medieval city. Visit Europe's largest fortified city still standing today and one of France's major tourist draws.



Some of the bad aspects of visiting France; but...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

France is a wonderful country to visit. But be prepared for the bad, the ugly and the smelly before your visit. Find out all the gory details to avoid.



Paris Travel Guide and City Guide

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Paris, the city of light, is filled with thousands of hotels, attractions, shops and restaurants. Get help focusing on where to stay, where to eat, where to go and more basics before you go to Paris.



Expensive & Not-So-Expensive French...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Here's a list of the best authentic French champagnes for every budget. You'll be set for the holidays, New Year's Eve, celebrations or just for fun.



Enjoy the Louve Museum without getting lost:...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

The Louvre Museum in Paris is immense and the most visited art museum in the world. Find out how to get the most out of a visit to the Louvre with this guide.



New Year's Eve in Paris and other French Cities

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

The French really know how to celebrate New Year's, whether it's clubbing in Paris or the sublime midnight grape-picking event in the Midi Pyrenees. Find out how to plan a New Year's Eve visit to France, and which events and festivals are planned for the turn of the new year.



Top 5 French Gift Baskets

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

French gift baskets make wonderful gifts, whether the person on your list is a lover of fine gourmet food, French wine or even delectable French chocolates. Here are the best French gift baskets, collections and samplers.



Lille is a lovely, relatively undiscovered city...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Lille is one of north France’s most delightful cities. The capital of French Flanders is full of attractions in the city and nearby. Here is my list of the best.



Winter Sports and Snow Scenes in France Picture...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

People don't automatically think of France as a spot for winter sports and picturesque snow scenes, but this is a Mecca for lovers of snow. France has both the Pyrenees and the Alps, both ranges of which become winter wonderlands each year. Here is a picture gallery of winter sports and snow scenes in France.



France for Foodies

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France is a paradise for foodies. Between the two weekly markets, the Monoprix, Intermarché, and Ed grocery stores within a fifteen-minute walk, and the big WalMart-esque Carrefour store a short bus ride away, I have greatly enjoyed grocery shopping in France.



Nord Pas-de-Calais has great attractions and...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Nord–Pas-de-Calais includes two departments and borders the English Channel, Belgium and Champagne. Historic attractions and war memories make for a great short break.



Where to eat like the locals in good cheap Nice...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Good, cheap restaurants in Nice. Try this guide to where you can eat great value food just like a local in the old town of Nice.



Relive the D-Day Invasions with these top movies

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

There are several movies that capture the intensity and drama of the D-Day Invasion. Relive that day in history with these top films about D-Day.



Paris is the great romantic city for lovers

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Romantic Paris is one of the best cities in the world for couples and lovers. Find out the best spots to stay, eat, kiss and love your sweetheart.



Cost of hotels in France explained

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Cost of Travel Accommodation in France. Check out this Hotel Price Guide when you book your accommodation in France.



The Mediterranean cities from Marseille to...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Perpignan, near the Spanish border, is also part of Catalonia, the region that takes in both France and Spain. With its distinct identity, Perpignan is different from the other Mediterranean cities.



Discover the Best-Kept Secrets of Clothes...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Here is the guide to the best-kept Paris shopping secrets. Check out how and where to shop for bargain fashions in Paris. Page 2.



How to Get on French People's Good Side

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

People might claim the French are rude, but they are very pleasant, polite and helpful. Follow these tips for bringing out the nice side of the French.



Provence is a top place in 2016 for new hotels,...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Provence has glorious landscape, medieval hilltop villages, top food and drink, great festivals and events. Here are the main reasons to visit Provence in 2016.



Enjoy Nice then take a great day trip out

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Nice is the Queen of the Riviera. But if you have time, try these easy days out from Nice and explore this wonderful part of southern France a little more. Start with Antibes.



The Top 6 Things to Do in Antibes in the South...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Guide to the top 6 things to do in Antibes from a walk through the old town to the Provencal market, from the Cap d'Antibes to Marineland and more.



Top Roman Cities and Ancient Sites in France

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Roman France or Gaul was vitally important to the ancient Roman Empire. The ancient Romans built magnificent cities and left superb engineering works. Here is my list of the top Roman sites.



Discover all you need to know about using your...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Find out how and if you can use your cell phone in France. Plus tips on how to rent a phone in France and buying a SIM Card, all of which will save you money.



Six Art Museums in and Around Nice, France

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

A visitor's guide to the top artists museums in and around Nice from Renoir to Chagall, plus suggestions of nearby restaurants.



Where you cannot smoke in France

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

France used to be heaven for smokers; remember all those old films with smoky, sexy interiors? No longer. Read about the smoking bans in France before reaching for your cigarette.



Montpellier, France - Visitor's Guide

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Montpellier, France is a bustling and vibrant city in the South of France often overshadowed by neighbouring cities in Provence,but it is well worth a visit.



Top Car Museums in France

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

France's top car museums include the Schlumpf collection, the largest in the world. Check out where to see treasures like Panhards, De Dions, Benzs.



The Best Reasons to Visit France in September

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

France in September is a glorious month with less crowds and great weather. Here's a guide to what to see, what to pack and what the weather might do.



France has 41 very different UNESCO World...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

France has 41 very varied UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here's my top selection, but check out the complete list here and see which are your favorites.



Take a wine tour, visit vineyards and wine...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

One of the best reasons to visit France is the wine. Here is information on the top regions, plus suggestions of tours, sights and routes.



What Not to do in France to make life easier

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

If you've not been to France before, your first trip can seem daunting. Even a regular makes mistakes. Here is a guide to help you through some of the ways of the French.



Nice Carnival is one of the oldest in the world

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Nice Carnival is one of the oldest carnivals in the world. It's a glorious 12-day party taking over the Queen of the Riviera. Different days from February 11 to 26, 2017.



Is France safe? Here is some information on...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Is France safe after the Bastille Day attack in Nice. Here is information to help you decide if you will travel to France this year and how to keep safe.



Suggestions for easy to organise great day...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

If you want a short trip outside Paris, try any of these suggestions. You can go for a day trip, or stay overnight for easy sightseeing outside the capital.



Thanksgiving in France is the chance to meet...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Celebrating Thanksgiving in France is a challenge as it's an American and Canadian holiday. But if you're an ex-pat or American visitor, here's where to get the turkey and the meals.



Quick reference guide to visiting France any...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

If you're planning a trip to France, take a quick look at this guide to each month in France. It will give you a brief idea of what to expect and links to more detailed information.



Paris Train Stations Information

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Six major train stations in Paris link to different destinations. Discover which station to travel from, how to get there and links with French cities



Limoux: Home of Blanquette, the Real First...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Limoux is a lovely small town in the heart of southern France's Cathar country. And it's where Blanquette was invented, the first sparkling wine before Champagne.



Disgusting to us, delicacies to the French. Try...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

10 French foods most of us consider disgusting but the French consider as delicacies. You should try them once; you might become very French in your tastes.



Winter sightseeing in the Loire Valley chateaux

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

The magnificent castles or chateaux that line the mighty River Loire are a major attraction in summer. But happily, some stay open in the winter as well. And in winter, you have the rooms to yourselves so you feel the ghosts of the great figures of the past walking beside you through the echoing, empty rooms. Here are four of the most magnificent that remain open.



Why France in June is a Great Time to Visit

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

June is a wonderful time to visit France with fewer crowds, beautiful weather, and great events. Find out more about visiting France in June.



Top French Seaside Resorts from the north to...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

France has wonderful seaside resorts, from the sophisticated north coast to the glamorous Riviera, from Le Touquet to St Tropez, Nice and Cannes.



The Best Bistros in Nice

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Top Ten Bistros in Nice - a visitor's guide to restaurants with traditional local and Provençal cooking



Troyes is romantic, medieval and has great...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Troyes is a well-preserved medieval town with old streets of restored, colorful half-timbered houses. It's easy to get to and has small historic hotels.



Visit Caen, one of Normandy's great cities

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Plan a visit to Caen, Normandy. Caen is a delightful town, rebuilt after World War II, and famous for William the Conqueror, hero of the Battle of Hastings of 1066, and for the D-Day Normandy Landings in 1944.



Antibes on the Cote d'Azur is charming, chic...

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Guide to Antibes on the Cote d'Azur in the south of France. It has everything: fortifications, winding streets, a great market, beaches and restaurants.



Band Of Brothers Tour

2016-12-03T11:34:25Z

Follow the path of Band of Brother's Easy Company, which passed through France during World War II. The critically-acclaimed HBO mini-series brought the Stephen Ambrose to the screen, but you can experience it up-close and personal with a Band of Brothers tour.